Being present or not, can mean the difference between business success, stagnation, or struggle!
The amount of time each day we’re fully present, revisiting past memories or imagining future scenarios, can mean the difference between success, stagnation, or struggle. Why?
Because progress, profit and prosperity are natural bi-products of making decisions and taking action, which only happen when our minds are squarely planted in the present!
Do you find your mind’s often ‘missing in action’ even though your body’s at work?
After packing in a full day’s work, do you ever feel like chunks of your day are missing, or that you can’t account for your lack of progress?
If yes, chances are, your mind went missing-in-action for a few hours.
It’s like hitting pause on an exciting movie and if you hit pause too often, or for too long, eventually you start losing the plot and have to rewind or, you lose the plot entirely and have to start the movie from scratch!
For entrepreneurs and executives, going backwards or starting again, is their worst nightmare.
Every minute you’re not present, you’re pausing progress in your business and lengthening the time it takes to achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams, because dreams are brought into reality, moment by moment, in the moment!
The cost of dwelling on the past or obsessing about the future.
What we think about when visiting our past or possible future, determines whether the process is serving us, or holding us back. These thoughts, images and associated feelings determine the orientation of our thoughts and feelings in the present.
Pining for the ‘good old days’ or anguishing over ‘what went wrong’ limits present options.
Our past is peppered with regrets, disappointments and tragedies, as well as celebrations, victories and magical moments.
But, anguishing over what went wrong, or pining for the “good old’ days” alters emotional states, fueling a heavy, pessimistic and even victimized frame of mind that constricts effectiveness and resourcefulness in the present. In this state, we tend to only see the negative in our current situation, and we’re not predisposed to seeing opportunities right under our noses, or the things that are going well, which limits our options in the moment.
Obsessing about what could go wrong too often immobilizes action.
Our future presents a limitless array of possibilities that range from disappointing and frightening situations, to hugely exciting and rewarding outcomes.
However, the more we obsess over what could go wrong or the gaps between where we are and where we want to be, the more emotions like fear, dread and even shame, dominate our state of mind in the present. This confusion and conflict creates doubt or hesitancy when it comes to making decisions and can even immobilize them completely.
For our business this can mean lost progress, missed opportunities, new risks, leaked profits, and delayed success.
How can we use the past and future to drive business progress in the present moment?
· Realizing the lessons from past experiences enables us to see what worked, what didn’t work, and what can be improved on, fostering wisdom that only comes with experience.
· Appreciating the significance of all past experiences (good and bad), enriches our experience of the present moment and puts us in a resourceful state of mind.
· With a clear destination in sight, we gain a clearer view of the path that will lead us from here to there and we’re able to identify potential opportunities, or obstacles to avoid.
· A compelling vision of our desired future also serves as a beacon of light that inspires us to push through the tough times, and do what it takes to make our dreams our reality.
Give yourself the gift of being Present and create a richer future.
Instead of losing time, wishing for things to be like they were in the past or worrying about what might go wrong in the future, invest your time in the “RIGHT NOW”.
Because when fully present, instead of missing moments, you’d be creating richer moments. You’d be creating a richer future because your future is created by what you do in this moment.
Dreams are built on what you have right here, right now.
Everything you need to build your dream business and create your dream life, is right here, in this moment.
When you live and act in the moment, you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. And by giving yourself permission to appreciate each moment, it makes life so much more rewarding.
Be mindful of where you’ve come from and where you want to be and choose to
‘Make THIS Moment Matter’ by doing something right now that will move you forward swiftly!
Originally published at www.wildesuccess.com